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Ergonomics in Health and Community Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Ergonomics in Health and Community Care MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies Social Work Specialisms Ergonomics Community Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

The Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme is designed to provide a broad ergonomics education to suit the requirements of health professionals, including physiotherapists, patient-handling advisors and occupational therapists. Teaching will focus on the promotion of healthy and safe working, across public and domestic environments.

Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme examines how best to ensure a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments in which they work, travel and play in. You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Ergonomics in Health and Community Care is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). As the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, you will be exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide.

You will benefit from teaching provided by world leading academics (for example, Professor George Havenith, Professor Sue Hignett and Professor Andrew Morris), industry experts and specialists in each area, to ensure that you are trained to the highest professional standard.

Previous guest speakers for this programme include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other Universities.

The Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre facilities (e.g. environmental test suite, light and vision labs) enable you to the study of the interaction of people with their physical environment. This is located in a specially built facility close to the main School building.

As well as the full-time MSc qualification (8 modules and Project), this programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma (8 modules) and Postgraduate Certificate (4 modules). These can all be studied full-time or part-time.

What makes this programme different?

- Taught by world-leading academics
- Specially built ergonomics facilities
- Learn from guest industry speakers

Who should study this programme?

A unique aspect of all our ergonomics (human factors) programmes is that the modules are block taught, which means you will learn over a one week intensive period of teaching in Loughborough. This flexible approach is suitable for those who wish to work full time or part time alongside their studies.

Past students have joined us from a wide range of health disciplines and backgrounds, including health sciences, nursing, medical practice, manual handling advisers, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and psychology.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module gives an overview of the different areas of ergonomics, providing orientation and context for future modules. It introduces many of the academic and research staff who teach on the programmes, along with their areas of expertise and research. This module also gives a first consideration to a range of issues involved in the use and evaluation of products, equipment and other ergonomics interactions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For the MSc, an offer will be made to applicants who hold a first or second class upper honours degree in a relevant discipline or closely related subject. For the Diploma or Certificate, applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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